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Buc Golfers Start Off Undefeated

OSWEGO, NY – Some golfers might consider playing in their first varsity match a bit of a nerve-racking experience. A competitive environment, an unfamiliar course, and the added pressure of knowing that the team is depending on your score is usually enough to break a first-timer, send their score soaring over par.

This was not the case when Oswego junior golfer Collin Daino stepped onto the first tee box last Thursday at Northern Pines for his first tee shot as a Buc varsity golfer.

After a practice swing or two, Daino stepped up and ripped a drive up the first fairway as if he’d played in 100 matches before and proceeded to shoot an eyebrow-raising round of 38, helping Oswego to a pair of victories over CNS and Auburn at Northern Pines Golf Club in North Syracuse.

Oswego’s total of 197 bested Auburn by 6 shots and CNS by 29.

Senior captain Sam Lalonde provided the team’s lowest score of the day (37) and continues to make the most of his final season as a Buc golfer.

Freshman Alec Kunzwiler followed his stellar score of 38 at Central Square (where he was overall medalist) with a fine round of 39 on the front side at Northern Pines, giving the team 3 sub-40 scores in the match, the first time this feat has been accomplished this year.

“In order to compete for a league title, we will need to have totals around 195 all year,” said Coach Rose when asked about the team talent in the CNYCL League this season. “To get to 195 we need a few scores in the 30s every time out. Today’s result proves that we are capable of doing just that.”

Also scoring in the match was junior Luke Boshart, who appears to be back on his game after a slow start to the season. Luke figures to be a major factor in every match down the stretch for the Bucs. Also playing and scoring in his first varsity match was junior Dylan Morgia whose nine-hole total of 42 was very respectable on this day. Sophomore Brandon Tracz also shot 42 but played better than his score indicated – having to take a quadruple bogey 8 on the sixth hole at Northern Pines.

“We’ve had a nice start,” commented Coach Rose about the team’s early success. “Now it’s going to be up to the players to work on their games, get enough rest, and stay focused as school gets under way.”

The Buc golfers probably wish summer would last forever, but school officially begins next Wednesday. New year, new grade, new teachers, new workload.

Hopefully, their swings stay the same.

The Oswego boys’ golf team secured its first league win of the 2011 season on Tuesday, defeating Central Square by a final stroke count of 201-219 on the front nine at Greenview Golf Course in West Monroe.

The Bucs are now 2-0 on the season.

Against Central Square on this day, Brandon Tracz and Sam Lalonde continued their steady play for the Bucs, firing rounds of 40 and 41 respectively. The round of the day, though, went to incoming freshman Alec Kunzwiler, whose nine-hole total of 38 strokes captured overall medalist honors. Alec’s relatively tidy score card containing seven pars and two bogeys included five greens in regulation.

“Compared to last season, Alec is getting more yardage off the tee and consequently he is hitting more greens in regulation,” commented Coach Rose on the bus ride back to Oswego. “I look for Alec to really provide us with some consistent scoring all year.”

Not far from Alec was teammate Luke Boshart, whose 3 bogey six-par day (39) left him second best in the match. “It was nice to see Luke back in the mix,” said Coach Rose about the reigning 2010 Sectional Champ. “He’s had a bit of a slow start this year, but today was a big step in recapturing his form.”

Also scoring for the Bucs was Jake Anderson, whose steady play early this season has been a pleasant surprise for Coach Rose.

On Aug. 29, the golf team competed in the ninth annual pre-season Henninger Invitational Tournament at Drumlins Country Club in Syracuse, finishing in the middle of a pack of schools including Baldwinsville, West Genesee, Liverpool and CNS.

“This is a great event to start the year,” commented Coach Rose when asked why he travels so far to compete every season. “We get to play one of the finest courses in Syracuse and the tournament serves as a great measuring stick to see how we stack up against the other teams in our league.”

Oswego’s overall total this year of 222 was not the team’s best, especially considering they won the event in 2010 with a 200 total. Coach Rose chalks some of this up to youth. “Except for one senior, we still have a fairly young squad. We are going to experience some growing pains at some point this season. Two of our players today had never seen the course and I think it showed.”

Capturing team medalist honors for the Bucs on this day was Brandon Tracz, a sophomore who was instrumental to the team’s success last season. Brandon shook off an opening double bogey at Drumlins and settled down the rest of the way, shooting 41 on the difficult, tree-lined course. Freshman Alec Kunzwiler and sSenior Sam Lalonde got it around in 44 strokes, helping Oswego to their 222 total.

The tournament winners this year were the sectional winners of last year, West Genesee, whose 203 total bested FM by only 2 strokes.

“It looks like the league title could be for grabs this season,” said Coach Rose after all the scores had been posted. “We have a plethora of teams in our league this year with potential. Oswego is one of them.”

The golf team opened its season with an impressive win against Central Square by a final count of 208-222.

The day started out breezy and cool but ended with sunshine and warm temperatures. As for the golf, the young Oswego team proved that this might be a year in which they compete for a league title.

Medaling for Oswego in this match were teammates Sam Lalonde and John Phillips whose nine-hole totals of 41 strokes helped the Bucs get off to a fine start in 2011. Also scoring in this match were Buccaneer golfers Brandon Tracz, Jake Anderson, and Alec Kunzwiler who all shot respectable rounds of 42. The real star of the day, however, became Oswego Country Club’s famed ninth green.

The renowned ninth green at Oswego Country Club has formed a love/hate relationship with Oswego golfers and area golfers through its 100 years in existence. The green is something you are thinking about as you walk off the first tee box and something you are usually still thinking about after you finish your round. It can be docile and submissive one day, and terrorizingly tormenting the next. The tantalizingly tilted, slippery shell of a putting surface does not always make rounds, but it most definitely  breaks them – sending browbeaten golfers off shaking their heads and wishing for a do-over. The sloping ninth green struck again on this day, a day when Oswego was poised to post one of its lowest home totals in five years.

After all the dust had settled, the Oswego golfers had accumulated a 12 over par total on the hole including 2 bogeys, 2 double bogeys, and 2 triple bogeys between the six golfers (17 total putts). “Depending on the pin placement, I may or may not watch the boys come in,” said Coach Rose after he had witnessed the carnage. “Today, I wished I had not watched.”

The team will take the win though as they moved to 1-0 on this young season, a season full of optimism and promise. “I expect these guys to continue to practice and get better,” continued Rose. “We have a lot of season left and I am fully confident that putts will fall.”

Jayvee Tennis Defeated

The Oswego High School girls’ junior varsity team dropped its first match of the season on Thursday 5-2 against the Auburn Maroons.

Winners for Oswego were Morgan Thomas at third singles and the third doubles tandem of Shannon McIntosh and Samantha Davis.

At first singles, Carrie Kelly dropped a hard-fought two-and-a-half hour marathon, 6-4, 5-7, 4-6.

Sydney Knight also battled in a three-set match, before falling 4-6, 6-2, 4-6.

Doubles teams of Abigail Allen/Kennedy Singletary, Rana Al-Salemeh-Krysta Broeker, and Katie Knopp-Victoria Fix were each defeated in straight sets.

“We took a lot of positives out of this first competition of the season. Everyone won at least one game in each set, and our nine first-time tennis players gained valuable experience,” stated coach Mike McCrobie.

Jayvee Volleyball Falls to Genny

The Oswego jayvee girls’ volleyball team started the new season losing to West Genesee. The Bucs won the first game 28-26, but lost the final two by identical scores of 25-23.

Coach Ted Beers said, “We played a tight match. Each set was decided by two points so it was back and forth. Tonight we were better getting up to block and we had a better net presences as the game progressed. Our small mistakes ended up costing us some needed points. This is a good learning lesson.”

For the jayvee team Mikayla Allen had a kill, two aces and point block while Emilee Anderson had a kill and ace. Brooke Broadwell was credited with a dig and Margo Dillon three aces and six assists. Kellie Gorman finished with a kill, ace and point block and Molly Malone had three kills and two aces. Jessica Pfeifer had a dig.

United Way Golf Tournament a Success

Written by: John DeRousie, Custom Marketing Solutions
FULTON, NY – A field of 51 teams took to the links for a day of golf and fun in the 16th Annual United Way Golf Tournament, held July 15 at the Greenview Country Club in West Monroe.

The French / HRW Construction team captured first place on the Green View course during the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s recent golf tournament. From left are team members Audrey Myers, Dick Campbell, Mike Sheldon and Dwayne Waltz.

The French / HRW Construction team captured first place on the Green View course during the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s recent golf tournament. From left are team members Audrey Myers, Dick Campbell, Mike Sheldon and Dwayne Waltz.

“Everyone had a great time and the money raised will do much to help the 22 human service programs that the United Way of Greater Oswego County helps support,” said Executive Director, Melanie Trexler. “I extend a sincere thank you to our major sponsors; National Grid, Novelis, Oswego County Federal Credit Union, Entergy, CENG, and Burritt Motors as well as the many other businesses, organizations and individuals who assisted us with the financial underwriting of the tournament. I also appreciate the hard work and dedication of the golf committee and our many volunteers who helped make the event special. Their efforts played a major role in the success of our golf tournament.”

The Novelis 2 team captured first place on the Green Valley course during the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s recent golf tournament. From left are team members: Erin Nalle, Brandon Lagoe, Tom Rollin, and Dave Lloyd.

The Novelis 2 team captured first place on the Green Valley course during the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s recent golf tournament. From left are team members: Erin Nalle, Brandon Lagoe, Tom Rollin, and Dave Lloyd.

Top teams on the Greenview Course were:

First Place: French / HRW Construction (58)
Second Place: Entergy 1 (60)

Top teams on the Green Valley Course were:

First Place: Novelis 2 (59)
Second Place: ADECCO (61)

Top individual performers were:

Closest to the Pin, Hole #8 on the Green View Course: Pat O’Neill

The Entergy 1 team finished second on the Green View course during the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s recent golf tournament. From left are team members: Brian Finn, Tom Restuccia, Mark Stacavich, and Kevin Bronson.

The Entergy 1 team finished second on the Green View course during the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s recent golf tournament. From left are team members: Brian Finn, Tom Restuccia, Mark Stacavich, and Kevin Bronson.

Closest to the Pin, Hole #11 Green View Course: Dan Young / Maria Parry

Closest to the Pin, Hole #4 Green Valley Course: Ken Eceleston / Marion Ciciarelli

Closest to the Pin, Hole #11 Green Valley Course: Bill Ellithorpe / Brenda Carhart

Longest Drive, Hole #9 on the Green View Course: Dan Young / Mary Ann Schreck

Longest Drive, Hole #12 on the Green Valley Course: A.J. Thurson / Tammie Allen

The ADECCO team finished second on the Green Valley course during the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s recent golf tournament. From left are team members: Jerry Brown, Ken Eccleston, Don Unger, Dave Canale.

The ADECCO team finished second on the Green Valley course during the United Way of Greater Oswego County’s recent golf tournament. From left are team members: Jerry Brown, Ken Eccleston, Don Unger, Dave Canale.

Thanks For Making Golf Classic A Success

To The Editor:
The United Way of Oswego County extends a sincere thank you to the many volunteers and sponsors whose commitment to the United Way 2011 Golf Classic again made the event an outstanding success. The dedication and enthusiasm of our community volunteers and golfers imparted a spirit of good will to the tournament that was contagious and elevated the tournament to much more than a day of golf.

This year’s golf tournament raised approximately $20,000 for the United Way.  This money will be used to help fund 23 human service agencies providing assistance to the children, families and senior citizens of Oswego County.

An event of this scope requires year round preparation.  The United Way acknowledges the excellence in planning and organization demonstrated by the United Way Golf Committee Chairperson, Dave Lloyd of Novelis and his dedicated committee for an outstanding job in implementing their vision for this tournament.

The United Way Golf Classic would not have been possible if not for the support we received from our major sponsors, National Grid, Novelis, Oswego County Federal Credit Union, Entergy, and CENG.

Good people coming together for the benefit of others is the hallmark of the United Way and nowhere was that more in evident than in the 2011 United Way 16th Annual Golf Classic.

Thank you to all who volunteered and participated in the event.  Thank you for your continued community support of the United Way.

 Melanie Trexler, Executive Director
United Way of Greater Oswego County

Annual Oswego Industries Golf Open Raises $6,590

Submitted by Oswego Industries

Shirley Baker of Hannibal displays the gloves worn as the Disability Challenge for the 6th annual Oswego Industries, Inc. Golf Open.  Baker captained the tournament's winning team, Putt on the Ritz, sponsored by the Ritz Diner of Oswego.

Shirley Baker of Hannibal displays the gloves worn as the Disability Challenge for the 6th annual Oswego Industries, Inc. Golf Open. Baker captained the tournament's winning team, Putt on the Ritz, sponsored by the Ritz Diner of Oswego.

FULTON, NY – Oswego Industries, Inc. raised a net profit of $6,590 at its 6th Annual Oswego Industries, Inc. Golf Open, held June 24 at Battle Island Golf Course in Fulton. Funds raised will benefit rehabilitation programs at Oswego Industries, which has been providing services to individuals with disabilities in Oswego County since 1968. Players enjoyed themselves despite some rain that Friday morning, and tested themselves at the event’s signature “Disability Hole” challenge. Photos of the day can be seen at Oswego Industries, Inc.’s Facebook page.

This year’s challenge was for players to wear special gloves, which were modified with tongue depressors attached to the fingertips, while teeing off on the first hole. The contest was a playful reminder of the real fine motor challenges faced by many Oswego County citizens every day. Each year, players at the Disability Hole are required to tee off while simulating a disability. The challenge changes each year, and is a closely guarded secret up until the day of the tournament.

The winning team for this year’s tournament was “Putt on the Ritz,” captained by Shirley Baker of Hannibal. The prize for Last Place – also called the “Honesty Award” – was given to the team captained by Bob Padula of Empower Federal Credit Union, and his players Dave Gleason, Dick Ratowski and Bob Wierman. The Par 3 Poker prize was won by the Central Therapy team, captained by Jason Myers.

Winner of the Closest to the Pin and Longest Drive contests for the men was Jake Czyz, playing for the Novelis team. Winner of the Closest to the Pin contest for the women was Shirley Baker, and winner of the Longest Drive contest for the women was Judy Till of Fulton.

Oswego Industries, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit Community Rehabilitation Program which has been providing programs and services to adults with disabilities since 1968. Services include pre-vocational and vocational training, day habilitation services, and Medicaid Service Coordination. Its mission is to be a partner in the development of comprehensive community services designed to improve the quality of life for all people, with the primary emphasis on those with disabilities, by providing the necessary support programs to enable individuals to grow with dignity and achieve their highest level of independence and self-fulfillment. Most recently, the organization was named winner of the Chamber of Commerce Not-For-Profit of the Year Award for 2009. Its sister agency, ARC of Oswego County, provides services to children and seniors with disabilities: together creating a comprehensive support system for Oswego County residents with disabilities.

Oswego Opera Theater Golf Event Scheduled

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Opera Theater will sponsor its first golf tournament on Aug. 19 at the Tamarack Golf Club, County Route 1, North Road, Scriba.

The format is “Captain & Crew” with teams of four persons and a “shotgun” start at 9 a.m.

From left: Martha Hammill, tournament co-chair; regional opera stars, Elisabeth  Kisselstein and Robert Allen; Terry Hammill, tournament co-chair.

From left: Martha Hammill, tournament co-chair; regional opera stars, Elisabeth Kisselstein and Robert Allen; Terry Hammill, tournament co-chair.

Registration activities start at 8 a.m.

Tournament fees will be $75 per player or $300 per team.

Fees will cover 18 holes of golf, including carts, donuts, coffee, a dog or burger at the turn and a chicken dinner.

There will be several contests and prizes, including large “hole-in-one” prizes at each par three hole.

Individual players, teams, and sponsors may contact Martha and Terry Hammill for registration forms and/or sponsorship information at 342-3074 or mhammill2007@yahoo.com

Registration is requested by Aug. 6.

Pathfinder Bank Supports Oswego Firefighters’ Drive For A Cure

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego City Firefighters’ Association will hold its fourth annual golf tournament to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Pictured from left: Lt. Brooks Hourigan tournament co-chair; Beverly Hourigan, tournament volunteer; Jim Dowd, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Pathfinder Bank; and Capt. Buddy Wilson, tournament co-chair.

Pictured from left: Lt. Brooks Hourigan tournament co-chair; Beverly Hourigan, tournament volunteer; Jim Dowd, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Pathfinder Bank; and Capt. Buddy Wilson, tournament co-chair.

The tournament is a four-man captain and crew and will be held at the Tamarack Golf Club on July 10 at 9 a.m.

The cost for the tournament is $75, which includes 18 holes of golf, cart, skins game, mulligan and string, hot dog at the turn, dinner and prizes.

There will also be 50/50, silent auctions and several games of chance on the course.

Canale Insurance will be sponsoring a hole in one contest with several big ticket prizes.

To register, sponsorship opportunities or for more information, call 529-2524 or 529-4529.

Oswego Firefighters To ‘Drive For A Cure’

OSWEGO, NY – Oswego Firefighters’ Association #2707 will hold “Drive for a Cure” on July 10.

The fourth annual golf tournament to benefit MDA will be held at Tamarack Golf Club, 2021, County Route 1, Oswego.

It will begin with a shotgun start at 9 a.m.

The cost is $75 per man/ $300 per team.

It includes: 18 holes, cart, skins game, mulligan and string, hot dog at the turn, dinner and prizes.

A hole in one contest is tentatively being planned, also.

To register or for more information, call 529-2524 or 529-4529.

Please RSVP by July 1 with players and team name.

Checks may be made payable to the Oswego Firefighters’ Association and mailed to: MDA Golf, 12 Hawley St., Oswego, NY 13126.

Sponsored in part by: Pathfinder Bank and Oswego County Power Federal Credit Union.

Buc Sports Central: Lady Bucs Lax Section Champs and Much More

OSWEGO, NY – With temperatures reaching nearly 140 degrees on the field the Oswego and Carthage girls’ varsity lacrosse teams squared off for the Section III Class B title.

It was an emotional and physical roller coaster as the teams gutted it out before the Bucs advanced to the state regional competition for the first time in the history of the program with a 15-14 victory.

OHS Lady Buc Section III Class B Champions

OHS Lady Buc Section III Class B Champions

Not only did the Bucs have to overcome the horrendous temperatures, but they faced probably one of the hottest scoring machines in Central New York lacrosse as senior Kailah Kempney, who is bound for Syracuse University, had a nine goal afternoon.  Kempney finished her season with well over 110 goals.

Oswego jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but one thing for certain about girls’ lacrosse is that no one can rest comfortably with any type of lead.

At halftime the Bucs led 9-6, but were concerned over the second half.

Starting goalie Tayler Bowman took a shot to the hand and was removed from the game late in the first half of play.

Senior Hayley Lukaczyk came on and played solidly to keep Carthage at bay.

The second half saw the Bucs get off to a fast start to build up a 12-6 lead.

Meanwhile, Bowman was coming up with at least four near spectacular or spectacular saves to keep Carthage from threatening the mount a comeback.

Kempney took matters into her own hands in the second half and scored the final four goals en route to her nine-goal performance.

With 86 seconds left McCarrick scored on a free position goal with the eventual game winner. Kempney scored at the buzzer to trim the final gap to one goal.

Sam McCarrick, Taylor Giglio and Libby Sherman each had three goals and an assist while Mikayla Place had two goals and an assist, Kaitlyn Armstrong two goals,  Becca Martin and Mackenzie Robinson one each.

Bowman finished with 10 saves while Lukaczyk had two for the 9-9 Bucs.

Bucs Advance to Title Game

Oswego scored a 12-10 win over Jamesville-DeWitt in the lacrosse sectional semifinal at Henninger.

The scoring for the first half was back and forth ending the half 6-5 Bucs.  Oswego played disciplined defense in the first half.  Limiting scoring opportunities for JD’s top attackers (Taylor Fallon and Taylor Bierwagen)

The Buc Defense was led by Brittany Kearns, Mackenzie Robinson, Kelsey Ross, Sam McCarrick and Goalie Tayler Bowman.

There was then a 45-minute half time break while both teams waited for the lightening storm to pass.

Bowman prepares to make a key save

Bowman prepares to make a key save

The Bucs came out slow at the start of the second half allowing JD to tie up the game 6-6.  After an Oswego time out, the Bucs scored three goals in a row.  JD was not going to leave without a fight.  They responded with a TO call and scored two in a row keeping the game within one goal. Oswego then received 2 cards in a row from aggressive play in the midfield (Place and Giglio).

The Bucs held their opponents scoring during this time.

With only minutes left in the game and a score of 11-10 (Oswego) the Bucs came up with the draw control and tried to keep possession, but turned the ball over allowing JD a scoring opportunity.  With a big save from Oswego Goalie Hayley Lukaczyk, the Bucs came back with possession with 45 seconds left on the clock.  Oswego spread out the field and possessed the ball.  With four seconds left on the clock Place passed to Becca Martin who found the back of the net ending the score at 12-10.

Alexa Healy had three goals as did Becca Martin while Kaitlyn Armstrong had two scores and Taylor Giglio, Libby Sherman and Mikayla Place scored. Place added four assists while Giglio had three assists.

Boshart, Lloyd, Tracz Compete in State Qualifier

Three members of the Oswego High School boys’ golf team competed on Thursday at Seven Oaks Golf Club in Hamilton, vying for one of nine coveted spots representing Section III in the New York State Boys Public High School Golf Championships held at Cornell University in June.

Oswego Bucs Matt Lloyd, Austin Tracz, and Luke Boshart took to the tee on Thursday, hoping to be one of the lucky golfers to advance to the second day of qualifying (106 golfers were competing on Thursday). Unfortunately, the three young men came up a little short of posting the qualifying score of 81, thus ending their 2011 season.

Senior players Matt Lloyd and Austin Tracz both qualified for this event by shooting rounds of 80 at Green Lakes State Park in the fall of last year. They were both excited to get a chance to play the renowned Robert Trent Jones designed Seven Oaks Golf Club – a difficult course which meanders its way through the beautiful Colgate University campus.

A legitimate 7,000 yards from the back tees, Seven Oaks has a history of bringing “out of shape” players to their knees with its well-placed bunkers and lightening-fasts greens.

Seven Oaks claimed three more victims on Thursday, and unfortunately, they were wearing Buc Blue. One of those victims was Luke Boshart, Oswego’s sophomore phenom who captured medalist honors last fall at the sectional tournament when he blazed through Green Lakes tree lined layout in 74 strokes. Because of his outstanding play last October, Boshart was paired in the traditional first group at Seven Oaks – a group comprised of all four sectional medalists. This group included rising New Hartford star Derek Bard whose even par score of 72 could not be bettered on Thursday.

Boshart, who was admittedly a little rattled playing in such fine golfing company, vowed to return stronger next year. “I’ll be back,” Luke said, staring at the first round scoreboard, “and I’ll be better prepared next year.”

For Tracz and Lloyd, both have reached the end of their high school golfing careers.

Lloyd, who will be attending Syracuse University in the fall, said that he wasn’t sure if SU even had a golf team but that he was “being recruited “hard” to play basketball for The Orange” (he said this with a smile of course). Lloyd captained the Oswego Bucs to a 10-6 year last season including a third place finish at sectionals in October.

Tracz will stay close to home, choosing to attend Oswego State University, where he hopes to play golf for Coach Howard and the Lakers. Tracz, known for his lengthy drives on the course, played in every match his senior season, and helped Oswego reach the coveted 10 win mark.

As for Boshart, he’ll return to play next season a little more hungry and a little wiser.

“Much of golf is just believing that you belong in the final group on Sunday, or in Luke’s case the first group on Thursday,” said Coach Rose of his young player. “Once a player gets used to playing with the best, then they usually rise to the occasion. This won’t be the last you hear of Luke.”

The Oswego Bucs begin their 2011-2012 campaign in August.

Boys Track at Class AA Meet

Members of the Oswego varsity boys track team competed and did well at the Section III Class AA Meet on Tuesday at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.

Sophomore Cory Keefe won his best event, the 110-meter high hurdles, to become the Section III champion with a time of 14.85, a tenth of a second off his school record. Keefe also placed third in the 200-meter dash with an excellent time of 22.96, just three-tenths of a second behind the winner.

“Each meet he goes out and does a super job in any event he enters,” Oswego coach Erwin Dewey said.

Junior Mike Ruggio had a good day as he continues to place in all of the big meets in the shot put. He recorded a distance of 45’ 6”.

“He had a great season as his hard work has paid off,” Dewey said.

The Bucs’ Colin Morgan ended his career on a high note as he turned in his best time of the year in the 1,600 meters (4:42.9).

“Colin has done everything we ask of him, and has been one of the leaders on this team,” Dewey said.

Keefe and Ruggio will move on to the state qualifier meet next Thursday at CNS.

OHS Sports Teams Wrapping Up Seasons

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego boys’ tennis and girls’ golf team has wrapped up the season.

Tennis Finished Fourth

Oswego Tennis  capped off another quality season with a fourth place finish at the Section 3, Class A Tournament at Syracuse University.

There was quality competition out of the 18 Class A schools, especially Fayetteville-Manlius who won the team crown followed by West Genesee and Baldwinsville. The win comes at the heels of a second place finish in the CNYCL American Division, losing only to FM and a 7-5 overall record. The Buc tennis team proved they could play with just about everyone as all, but one match was decided by two spots or less.

Matt Randall placed third in first singles with a thrilling 6-7. 6-4, 6-4 over Justin Parow. Randall was undefeated in team matches and has an overall record of 9-2 against the best competition other opponents have to offer. Randall also qualified for the interclass tennis tournament at Utica. If he places in the top three, Randall will earn a trip to the State Tennis Tournament in Flushing Meadows, New York (Site of the US Open).

Win or lose, Randall has played remarkably well as of late, earning all league first team honors.

Also playing well again this year is Austin DeMott at second singles. For the second consecutive year, DeMott placed third at second singles and only lost one match all year at the position. His efforts have made all league second team for the second year in a row. Mike Hart had a strong year at third singles, qualifying at third singles.

At the doubles positions, Ryan Patrick and Sean O’Connor earned all league first team honors after a strong season playing against the other schools’ top doubles teams. The duo won in the first round of sectionals with a convincing 6-0, 6-2 win against Central Square, but then fell to eventual champ East Syracuse-Minoa.

Earning second team all conference honors were Dylan Lavner and Tim Hanisch as they had a solid 5-2 record together. The pair won in the first round vs. RFA before losing to eventual second doubles champ Baldwinsville.

Also starting and finishing with winning records were Alex Kemper and Kyle McCauley at fourth doubles, and Senior Steve Scott and Junior Stefan Mazuroski at third doubles. Kyle Kemper also contributed well as he saw starting time as just an eighth grader.

Lady Buc Golf Team Ends Year with Win

On Monday, the Oswego girls’ varsity golf team finished its 2011 regular season with a victory on Monday over West Genesee by a final margin of 219-228.

Scoring for Oswego in this hard fought match were Sarah Gosek (51), Tess Gordon (51), Courtney Kelly (55), and Michaela Kearns (62).

The team finished the season with a final overall record of 4-9 (2-6 in league play). Ashley Deveney, the team’s only senior, wrapped up her varsity career in this match, shooting a 65 on Oswego Country Club’s par 35 front nine. Ashley made huge improvements this season, and it was a pleasure to have her on the team,” said Coach Rose of his lone senior.

In a season wrought with difficult playing conditions and adverse weather patterns, the Oswego Bucs showed marked improvements from the season before – lowering their overall team stroke average and individual player averages, while increasing their pars per match average.

“I was really impressed with the girls’ resolve this year,” commented Coach Rose after the final match of the season. “With all the wet courses and mud-soaked pant-legs, wind-burned cheeks and schedule changes—they never complained. The girls showed up for practices, worked on their swings, and always tried to get better. Best of all, they had fun doing it. I’m so proud of all 15 players who participated this season.

The 15 girls that Coach Rose is referring to include the aforementioned  senior Ashley Deveney- juniors Hannah Allen, Abigail Atkins, Sarah Gosek, Michaela Kearns, and Caroline Reynolds- sophomores Tess Gordon and Courtney Kelly and freshman Maddy Muckey, Tory Welsch, Meghan LiVoti, Allison Moshier, Emilee Anderson, Madi Collins, and Lauren Daniels.

Three of the 15 girls qualified for sectional play. Captain Sarah Gosek, who had the lowest stroke average on the team this season, hopes to finish the season with a strong round on the tricky tree-lined course.

Three Golfers Compete in Sectional Championship

The top three female golfers from Oswego High School competed at the Section III Championship on Tuesday afternoon – a grueling 18-hole event held at Foxfire Golf Club in Baldwinsville. Leading the way for the Bucs was team captain Sarah Gosek whose overall score of 107 placed her in the top half of the large field of 93 female golfers. Sarah’s round included two pars and a lot of solid drives and timely putts. Sarah’s good play at sectionals concludes a junior season in which she captured team medalist honors in 12 out of 13 Oswego matches, broke 50 twice, accumulated 11 pars (a team high) and maintained the lowest stroke average on the team (51). Sarah will now be focused on playing and improving her game this summer in preparation for what will be her final season as a member of the team.

Courtney Kelly also had a better than average round at Foxfire on Tuesday, carding a score of 108 after playing all 18 holes. Courtney has been a very consistent player for the Bucs this season, playing in all 13 varsity matches while maintaining the second best stroke average on the team (54). Courtney has two years of eligibility left at Oswego and looks to make big improvements in her game this summer in preparation for next year.

Tess Gordon finished her third season as a Lady Buc Golfer in 2011, and has shown steady improvements along the way. Her sectional score of 120 was not indicative of her steady play this season, where she maintained a stroke average of 55. With some summer tinkering, Gordon is looking forward to helping lead the Bucs to a strong 2012 season.

“These three girls met some pretty lofty pre-season goals,” commented Coach Rose of his three sectional competitors. “They should be proud of their play this season. I’m looking forward to seeing the levels to which the girls raise their game next season.”

Red Cross to Hold Annual Golf Tournament

The 11th Annual Joseph “Pete” Griffin Memorial Golf Tournament has been set for Saturday, June 25th at Griffins Greens.  The event is an 18-hole four man captain and crew format with an 8:00am shotgun start.  All proceeds from the event go the local American Red Cross.

The tournament, started 11 years ago to honor Pete Griffin, has grown each year.  This year’s tournament will feature several games on the course including a putting contest, a chip the ball in the raft contest and a hole in one contest sponsored by Burritt Chevrolet.  After golfing the participants will gather at “The Deck” at GS Steamers for a buffet dinner sponsored by Pathfinder Bank. 

For more information or to register a team please contact Danielle Hayden at the American Red Cross at 343-0967 or Griffins’ Greens at 343-2996.

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